When Vancouver won the bid to host the 2010 Olympics I have to say that I didn't really care one way or the other. Not that I am against the Olympics and I really enjoy watching them on TV but I wasn't sure if it was a positive or negative thing for my native City.
I didn't get really excited about the count down and all the hype..the good and the bad hype. I guess you could say that I was a "typical" BC'r and was pretty apathetic either way. No real opinion, just go with the flow.
Something changed in me and my feelings about what is about to embark in our City over the last couple of days. The spirit of the Olympics and the unity that I feel it is bringing to us Canadians is pretty contagious.
This morning I even woke up at 5:30 am....hello people 5:30 AM...that's early...crazy early and especially for this please don't wake me before 8am or I am a growley bear momma! I actually couldn't sleep.. for many reasons! but one was the fear my alarm wouldn't go off and we would miss the torch relay in our home town...as it was the alarm didn't go off till tonight DOAH..but I was awake anyways and we ran down the street, made it to the beach front with about 5 minutes to spare and cheered on the Olympic torch with my family and fellow Canadians.
It was emotional! It was inspiring. It was a whole new level of Pride in my Country that I am not sure I have ever experienced before.
Then we made our way to our local Community Centre where the firemen put on a pancake breakfast and 2 of my girls did a dance with their school's dance club to entertain the hundreds of people that showed up. In fact I heard some of the volunteers saying they were not expecting so many people! It was a 2 hour line up for the breakfast!
Red and White, painted faces, bright smiles and friendly hello's were abounding. I felt proud to wear our Nations colors. I felt proud my girls were a part, even a small part, of this great once in a lifetime experience. I can't wait to take the girls downtown, to feel the buzz and excitement that is all around us and to check out some of the many free events all over the place.
It's an exciting time.
I am Canadian and I believe!!